Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Anti-drilling demonstrators say a new movie is inspiring a protest in Youngstown, where deep injection of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing was linked to a series of earthquakes.
The group Frackfree America National Coalition planned a rally Friday afternoon. It's seeking to draw attention to an initiative it's pursuing that would prohibit drilling rigs, wastewater deep-injection wells and other oil and gas infrastructure around homes, schools, cemeteries, parks and national forests.
In the trailer to the movie "Promised Land," starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, the land man played by Damon says an upcoming community vote will hurt his chances of getting people to sign new oil and gas leases.
The Youngtown-based group says it hopes its efforts will put up similar roadblocks in northeast Ohio.
Shell, Europe's largest oil company, will stop drilling for oil in Alaska this year as it cuts back on investments and tries to reverse a steep drop in earnings.